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11:21 UK time, Friday, 22 September 2006

Richard Hammond’s crash again dominates the papers, including a plethora of concerned friends, info-graphics, aerial photos, instant expert comment from doctors and much punditry about the balance between thrill-seeking and safety.

The Daily Mirror gives another example of the crossover between print and online news, with a full page of e-mailed best wishes, sent in by readers.

Friday’s Mirror also shows that the tabloids are not going to be excluded from another major part of the news diary – giving away posters of animals. Not one, not two, not three, not four, but five, yes five, count them, wildlife posters are on offer with a Mirror voucher.

There was also an abundance of eye-catching headlines. The Daily Mail (State of the Planet wildlife DVD) fills its front page with: "SORRY, YOU CAN'T JOIN THE POLICE, YOU'RE A WHITE MALE".

And the Daily Telegraph goes that extra mile with “WHY DOES THE TATE LIKE A CAN OF FAECES BETTER THAN OUR BERYL, ASK PAINTER'S FANS”. This referred to the non-appearance of Beryl Cook’s paintings of jolly women in the Tate galleries, when the collections include cans of the aforesaid faeces, produced by Italian artist Piero Manzoni.

There must have been some entertaining first drafts of that particular offering.

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